Murray returned to the Cardinals' training facility Tuesday and is expected to be on the practice field for the first time during Arizona's voluntary OTAs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Murray has yet to appear at any of Arizona's offseason workouts while he seeks a contract extension after a tough end to last season. Coach Kliff Kingsbury previously stated he expected the quarterback to return for mandatory minicamp, but it appears like Murray is showing his commitment to the organization by showing up for the voluntary workout.
Jun 1, 2022 10:32 AM EST
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that he expects Murray to be present for mandatory minicamp, Tyler Dragon of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Murray is currently not present for Arizona's voluntary OTAs, which started Monday. The quarterback remains away from the team as he continues to angle for a contract extension after a tumultuous end to the Cardinals' season a year ago. Murray, who had his fifth-year option picked up by Arizona in April, has made it clear he's dissatisfied with his current contract situation, with Jeremy Fowler of ESPN even reporting the quarterback could be unwilling to suit up for Week 1 without a new deal. Fowler's report and Kingsbury's comments appear to contradict each other, so whether Murray is present or not at Arizona's mandatory minicamp, which starts in mid-June, will go a long way in determining what the Cardinals' quarterback situation may look like heading into the regular season.
May 23, 2022 1:17 PM EST
Murray is not present Monday for the start of Arizona's voluntary OTAs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals won't begin mandatory mini-camp until mid-June, and it looks as though Murray may remain away from the team until then as he continues to angle for a contract extension. Murray, who had his fifth-year option picked up by Arizona in April, has made it clear that he's dissatisfied with his current contract situation, with Jeremy Fowler of ESPN even reporting that the quarterback could be unwilling to suit up Week 1 without a new deal. While no agreement on an extension has been reached, the Cardinals did extend an olive branch to Murray by trading for former Oklahoma teammate Marquise Brown from Baltimore, a move which helps to make up for the fact that DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) will miss the first six games of the season.
May 23, 2022 9:03 AM EST
Murray will be without DeAndre Hopkins to start the 2022 season after the NFL handed the wide receiver a six-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Murray's offseason so far hasn't been without drama, as the quarterback displayed dissatisfaction with the Cardinals and his contract. The team picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal on April 27 and then appeased him by acquiring wide receiver and college teammate Marquise Brown from the Ravens during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Brown was set to join Hopkins at the top of the wide receiver pecking order, but the former now should serve as Murray's No. 1 option for the first six contests of the upcoming campaign. Aside from Brown, Murray will have WR A.J. Green, TE Zach Ertz, RB James Conner, WR Rondale Moore, rookie TE Trey McBride and WR Antoine Wesley to work with once Week 1 arrives. Whether Murray can fare better sans Hopkins this year versus 2021 remains to be seen, but according to ESPN, the signal-caller's completion percentage dropped seven points (72 to 65), while his yards per attempt went down 2.2 YPA (8.8 to 6.6) when the wideout wasn't on the field last season.
May 4, 2022 8:49 PM EST
The Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on Murray's contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This comes as no surprise, as Murray more or less has met expectations since Arizona made him the first overall pick in the 2019 Draft. He's improved both his completion percentage and yards per attempt in each of his three seasons, topping out at 69 percent and 7.9 YPA in 2021. Murray also has combined for 70 passing touchdowns, 1,786 rushing yards and 20 more scores on the ground in 46 games. There was some added drama this offseason, with the quarterback expressing dissatisfaction with his contract and the team itself. Following Wednesday's news, though, Murray will be due roughly $30 million for the 2023 campaign, per Rapoport. Next season, Murray will have all of DeAndre Hopkins, James Conner, Zach Ertz, A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and potentially other offseason additions at his disposal.
Apr 27, 2022 3:57 PM EST
GM Steve Keim stated Thursday that there's "zero chance" the Cardinals trade Murray, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The rumor mill has swirled around Murray this offseason, with multiple outlets reporting his dissatisfaction with the team and the situation with his contract. Currently, the first overall pick in the 2019 Draft is preparing for his fourth season as a pro, making him eligible for an extension on his rookie deal. Keim spoke on that topic, noting recent top-tier quarterbacks with three years under their belts (like Patrick Mahomes in 2020 and Josh Allen in 2021) were extended "in the middle of the summer or late summer." Murray himself chimed in on his personal Twitter page Thursday, writing "I wanna win Super Bowls with the Cardinals, AZ is home." Assuming he remains in Arizona, Murray will have WR DeAndre Hopkins, RB James Conner, TE Zach Ertz, WR A.J. Green, WR Rondale Moore and whoever may join them via the draft available to him at the skill positions this fall.
Apr 21, 2022 2:47 PM EST
Murray completed 19 of 34 passes for 137 yards and two interceptions in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card loss to the Rams. He also threw for a successful two-point conversion.
Analysis: Murray was rattled by the Rams' pass rush in the first half, at one point throwing a careless three-yard interception for a touchdown before being picked on a screen pass his next drive. Despite being down 28 points early in the third quarter, Murray still didn't manufacture much in predictable passing situations afterward. In fact, he set a season low in yards per attempt. Prior to Monday's horrendous playoff exit, Murray enjoyed another rather successful regular season, ranking second league-wide in completion percentage while throwing for 3,787 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games. He also rushed for 423 yards and five more scores. Now eligible for a contract extension, Murray's supporting cast will be interesting to monitor ahead of the 2022 campaign, as many key offensive contributors are slated to hit free agency. Given his familiarity and production within coach Kliff Kingsbury's system, however, Murray figures to remain one of the better playmaking quarterbacks in the NFL.
Jan 17, 2022 8:51 PM EST
Murray completed 28 of 39 pass attempts for 240 yards and one touchdown while running for 35 yards on five carries against Seattle on Sunday.
Analysis: It's a disappointing showing from Murray in a game the Cardinals really wanted to win but got outgunned 37-30 at home. A defensive touchdown by the Cardinals made the game look a little closer than it was, and Murray particularly struggled to get the ball to any of his wide receivers. Despite the Arizona receivers being much bigger than the Seattle corners, Christian Kirk (two catches for 43 yards on three targets), A.J. Green (four catches for 23 yards on nine targets) and Antoine Wesley (two catches for 17 yards on four targets) were all duds. Having dealt with significant separate injuries in each of the last two years (shoulder in 2020, ankle in 2021) and general inconsistency at times in 2021, Murray hasn't been able to turn into the consistently dominant fantasy force his talent otherwise gives reason to expect. He'll try to sharpen up his game and get back on rhythm as the Cardinals begin their attempted playoff run.
Jan 9, 2022 5:43 PM EST
Murray completed 26 of 38 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns while adding 44 rushing yards on nine carries in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: It's the first time in four games that Murray has tossed multiple TDs, as he found Antoine Wesley for red-zone strikes in the second and third quarters. With a playoff spot locked up but the NFC West title still in reach, Murray will look to finish the regular season with another big performance in Week 18 against the Seahawks.
Jan 2, 2022 8:40 PM EST
Murray completed 27 of 43 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown while compiling 74 yards on his four carries during Saturday's 22-16 loss to the Colts. Murray also was credited with seven receiving yards on a lateral.
Analysis: Most of Murray's output on the ground came on a 57-yard run on the Cardinals' second possession of the game. On top of that, game script forced the team into pass-happy mode once the Colts went up, 22-13, midway through the fourth quarter. In the end, the overall results were relatively fantasy friendly, but he does appear to miss DeAndre Hopkins (knee), as Murray has posted his two lowest completion percentages of the season since the premier wide receiver landed on IR after Week 14. Murray will attempt to right the ship Sunday, Jan. 2 in Dallas, whose pass defense ranks 22nd against the pass (245.6 yards per game) this season.
Dec 25, 2021 8:39 PM EST
Murray completed 23 of 41 passes for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 30-12 loss to the Lions. He added three yards on four rushing attempts.
Analysis: Murray struggled in the first game since his favorite target DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was shut down for the remainder of the regular season. The Lions did a great job of keeping the mobile quarterback from making plays with his legs en route to arguably the biggest upset of the season. It was 17-0 Detroit at the half, and just as the Cardinals seemed to be getting back into it with a field goal and a forced fumble to open the third quarter, Murray stunted that momentum with an interception. His 26-yard touchdown pass to Christian Kirk came with just 4:46 remaining, and backup Colt McCoy entered for Arizona's final possession as the Cardinals waved the white flag. Murray will look to bounce back and end Arizona's two-game losing streak when the Colts come to town for a Week 16 Saturday showdown.
Dec 19, 2021 1:29 PM EST
Murray completed 32 of 49 passes for 383 yards and two interceptions in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams. He also rushed seven times for 61 yards.
Analysis: Murray missed a couple deep throws on Arizona's opening drive and was then picked on the doorstep of scoring to end his second series. The signal-caller subsequently rallied, though, helped by a perfect, 41-yard throw to Christian Kirk and some timely scrambles on the Cardinals' pair of scoring drives prior to halftime. However, to kick off the second half, Murray threw another costly interception, this time surrendering possession deep in his own territory. Although he compensated with some big plays through the air and on the ground in the fourth, racking up the yardage, his comeback attempt ultimately fell short. After dropping an important divisional game, Murray fortunately now has a great opportunity to rebound against the one-win Lions in Week 15.
Dec 13, 2021 8:41 PM EST
Murray (ankle) completed 11 of 15 passes for 123 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Cardinals' 33-22 win over the Bears on Sunday. He also rushed 10 times for 59 yards and another pair of scores.
Analysis: Murray and top wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) both made their returns from three-game absences Sunday, and the duo commemorated the occasion early with a 20-yard touchdown connection early in the first quarter. The dynamic quarterback went on to put the ball up sparingly after that but did so with great efficiency, and he ultimately made it a spectacular fantasy day with a 23-yard touchdown pass to James Conner along with nine- and three-yard touchdown runs. Now having proven a return to full health with his sixth multi-touchdown effort of the season, Murray will look ahead to a Week 14 Monday night showdown at home against the Rams.
Dec 5, 2021 1:26 PM EST
Murray (ankle) is active for Sunday's game at Chicago, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray hasn't played since the Cardinals' final offensive play of a Week 8 loss to the Packers, the result of a sprained ankle. In advance of this contest, he logged limited showings in practice -- like he did before Arizona's last game Nov. 21 -- but this time around he'll actually be available and direct the offense. After a three-game absence, Murray will be facing a Bears defense that has allowed the ninth-most YPA (7.7) and 18 touchdowns versus five interceptions to quarterbacks in 11 outings this season.
Dec 5, 2021 8:32 AM EST
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury told Stacey Dales of NFL Network that Murray (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, will play.
Analysis: Murray will be officially announced as Arizona's Week 13 starting quarterback when the team releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, but Kingsbury's comments should clear up any lingering questions fantasy managers had about the 24-year-old's availability. Even though Murray has been cleared to return from a three-game, four-week absence, it's fair to wonder how he'll look following the one-month layoff. Given that preserving Murray's health for a potential playoff run is likely the Cardinals' top priority, his designed runs could be scaled back a bit down the stretch, which would be detrimental to his fantasy outlook. In his final four games before exiting the lineup, Murray had already seen a major reduction in his output on the ground, as he compiled only 38 rushing yards and no touchdowns during that stretch.
Dec 5, 2021 6:50 AM EST
Murray (ankle) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Murray has been out since Week 8 but appears to be ready to go following the Cardinals' Week 12 bye. He was limited throughout the week in practice and remains officially listed as questionable, however, so it's possible he won't be quite his usual dynamic self even if does indeed wind up being able to play.
Dec 4, 2021 9:12 PM EST
Murray (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Chicago after practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Even with the benefit for a Week 12 bye to aid his recovery, Murray is questionable for the fourth game in a row, with head coach Kliff Kingsbury once again characterizing the franchise signal-caller as a "game-day decision," according to Urban. Since Murray also logged a trio of limited practices Week 11 before ultimately sitting out a third straight game in the Cardinals' win over the Seahawks, it's tough to gauge whether he truly made enough progress to return to action following the bye week. Like Murray, star wideout DeAndre Hopkins has also missed three straight contests and is being labeled a game-time call, but he may be trending in the wrong direction after following up a pair of limited practices to begin the week with no activity Friday. Colt McCoy will stay ready for the start in case Murray isn't able to go this week, with a final word on the latter's status set to come when Arizona releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
Dec 3, 2021 2:28 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Murray (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Bears, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray seems on track to play after practicing again Friday, while DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) is perhaps more of a question mark. That said, there's been no confirmation on either player one way or another, so both should be treated as game-time decisions unless there's something more definitive before inactive lists are released Sunday morning. The Cardinals have an early 1:00 ET kickoff this week, traveling to Chicago to face a Bears squad that has more than a few key injuries of its own.
Dec 3, 2021 10:21 AM EST
Murray (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: While Murray has yet to log a full session this week, there's an expectation from the Cardinals that both he and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) will return to the fold Sunday at Chicago, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Murray will have one more chance Friday to make a positive impression on Cardinals coaches and trainers with the aim to avoid a designation for Week 13 action. If he does enter the weekend as questionable, though, his status won't be confirmed until 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Dec 2, 2021 1:48 PM EST
Murray (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: As was wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring), with Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic noting that both players "were moving around pretty well" in the portion of the session he observed. While Murray's presence at practice Wednesday bodes well for his chances of returning to action Sunday against the Bears, coach Kliff Kingsbury noted that the duo's Week 13 status will hinge on how things go for them the rest of the practice week.
Dec 1, 2021 10:17 AM EST
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